chalk paint faq’s

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Thanks to all your questions on Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, we’re going to have a mighty big q and a today!

chalk paint for furniture refinishing

We’ll cover quite a bit of topics, so try to stay with me, okay?  :-)

First, let’s talk about the product.  Annie Sloan created chalk paint to meet the need of finding a paint made specifically for furniture painting, one that could be treated as a wash, and one that could be manipulated by the artist using it.  It was designed to create time-worn finishes.

Which, by the way, is why I love it.  Some things to know:

-Chalk paint has quite a matte (chalky) finish, but you receive luster by buffing.  Still, the sheen would equate to a satin finish…or maybe even somewhere in between satin and semi-gloss.

-It is best sealed with furniture wax, although you can seal it with other protectants.

-brush strokes will appear in the first coat, and as it dries, but it will dry to a smooth finish.  every now and then, I’ll have some dry with faint strokes in it, but nothing that doesn’t look natural and again, time-worn.

I created 2 video tutorials for you….one on general information and distressing and one on waxing.  The videos are quite detailed, as I’m random and I’ll throw in extra information all throughout.

Let me also start by saying that I’m no official chalk paint spokesperson…I would love to have my good friend, Patty, over here sometime so we could get her opinions and expertise!

French inspired color of chalk paint

aubusson blue chalk paint

Where do you buy it?

–I buy all of my chalk paint from Classic Wall Finishes from a wonderful stockist named Patty.  She and her sister are committed to excellent customer service…she is just wonderful and I know you’ll love working with her!

How much can one can cover…is it worth the expense?

The quart size cans cover around 140 square feet….and let me tell you, it lasts.  And lasts.  For instance, with my one can of Old White, I’ve painted: two large signs, trim on the french dresser, a farmhouse dining table-2 coats, a large waterfall buffet-2 coats, a mirror, some small frames…and I can’t even remember what else.  I’ve just now gotten to under half a can.  And with saving the cost of primer, lots of sanding supplies, and using less sanding blocks to distress, the cost is completely worth it for me.  It will be different for everyone, but the quality is incredible, the look is so beautiful, and it does go such a long way.

Can you use it in a sprayer??

I honestly don’t know.  I haven’t tried, but I’m imagining you can.  Again, the beauty of the paint to me is the hand-applied finish…but I’ll give it a whirl sometime to see how it goes.

Can you use it on kitchen cabinets and dining tables?  How durable is it?

–You can use chalk paint on any surface.  It adheres to almost anything, and I’ve painted laminate, particle board, solid wood, leather, old and new furniture alike.  It’s held up beautifully.  I will tell you this…and please see the waxing video at the end…if you wax improperly, that’s where you’ll have more trouble.  This is covered in the video, but wait until your wax is no longer tacky before you buff it.  This will stop any paint “rolling” off.  So, yes, as long as it’s sealed it’s very durable.  And go for the cabinets!  Here’s some tips from Annie Sloan herself….find her tips here.

For high traffic tabletops, I would paint 2 coats and do at least 2 coats of wax…maybe 3.  If you use a Poly, go with 4 coats.


painting Old White onto a varnished table

Can you seal it with anything other than wax?

–Sure you can.  However, Annie Sloan recommends using the Hannant’s Wax (or a comparable soft wax), so that’s what I’ve done.  Again, see the video at the bottom for a tutorial and some tips.


3 parts old white, 1 part aubusson blue/lime washed top/clear wax

Is this paint only for heavily distressed finishes?

–No, absolutely not…here’s an example.  I didn’t distress this table at all…and I love how it turned out!


base coat:duck egg blue, top coat: old white/clear wax

Do you have to wax in between layers if you’re using 2 colors?

–You can, but don’t have to.  Simply paint your base color, then top, and distress with a fine sanding block or sandpaper.  Only rub down to the base color.  Or you can use wax….see Annie’s tips here.


2 coats of old white/clear wax

I’ve had some trouble with bleed through?  How do you fix this or what approach should I take?

I address this in the video, but I’ll say briefly…there are just pieces of furniture out there that are stubborn.  They have water stains under the original stain…and painting it pulls it out, especially if you paint with a lighter color.  I’ve had small bleed through with one piece (and have painted 25 with chalk paint), and it disappeared after the 2nd coat.

I discuss some options for you in the video if this is a problem for you.  Just realize that some pieces would do that, even if you used a stain-blocking primer…I’ve had to paint 2 coats of primer before…simply put, some pieces will give you trouble and you’ll have to adjust the plan, no matter which products you’re using.


aubusson blue, clear wax, lightly dark waxed

Overall, I have to say that this product is my new love…I just got in a bunch of new colors and I cannot wait to give them a try!  I hope this answered lots of questions, and believe me,


1 coat of duck egg blue on a new, varnished table/ clear wax


2 coats of old ochre/clear and dark wax

there’s a lot more covered in the videos.  Like a WHOLE BUNCH.


Excuse the random giggles I get in the first video and the random weird jokes in the second.

I blame it on the permanent lack of sleep in this house.

I highly recommend you purchasing Quick and Easy Paint Transformations by Annie Sloan and watching Miss Mustard Seed’s Waxing Tutorial Video.  Don’t forget to visit Patty and tell her I said HI!!

**NOTE: The opinions and techniques used in this tutorial were my own, and what works for me, as I am still learning how to use this great product to its fullest advantages.


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171 Responses to chalk paint faq’s

  1. Stacy@RedDoorHome June 3, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I have completed three projects with Annie’s chalk paint have loved the results. I am getting ready to post my second project and would love to refer my readers to your great FAQ post. Thanks for sharing!

    • perfectlyimperfect June 3, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      Hey Stacy! Sure, go right ahead…I’m honored! Also have been meaning to email you to thank you again for offering to make the curtains for the homes we built…we ran into so many surprises this year preparing to leave that we ran out of time for extra…but we will hopefully get to work with you in the future! It was such a kind and generous offer. One in a million, you are. :-)

  2. Jeannine June 3, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks for all the answers. This will help a lot in deciding to use chalk paint or not.

  3. Faye June 3, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I am painting a chair with this paint as we speak. I love it. I have added different colour paint to the clear wax to get different effects on other pieces. I use to use Farrow and Ball paint, but have switched alliance!! Thanks for your videos, very informative.

    • perfectlyimperfect June 3, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      Oh, good! I haven’t colored my wax yet….do you enjoy it??

  4. Pia June 3, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    YAY!! I’ve been totally obsessively checking your blog to see when this was going to be posted- you’re a superstar to have taken the time to do this!! Thank you!
    LOVE, love love the way you explained and showed everythingI’ve been wondering about. I also enjoyed the kids- at times, I couldn’t tell if the little voices were my children or yours :)
    Best of luck to you- when we make our seems like FOREVER but it’s really 9 hours trip down to the beach, I plan on stopping in Troy to see your space- can’t wait to see more!

    Any suggestions on a piece I’m working on? It’s a french armchair with a cane back- I’ve tried a ton of different chalk paint color combos and waxes (another plus- you can redo without issue!) and currently, it’s a mix of provence and old white for the wood and old white on the cane. I am totally stuck on what type of fabric to use and trim. I had planned on drop cloth (cant sew) or osnaburg but that may not be durable enough- whatcha think?

    • perfectlyimperfect June 3, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      You’re so very kind, Pia! And yes, the kiddos star in many of videos. :) That paint combo sounds beautiful….I say go for the 10 oz dropcloth!! It’ll be very durable and super simple.

  5. midwest cottage and finds June 3, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Thank you so much Shaunna for all the information–very concise and SO informative. Also thanks for addressing the bleed through…I think you hit the nail on the head–I have a piece with a difficult stain covering the wood….With that said I think my trials and tribulations will be worth it–I LOVE the piece–a vintage little drop top desk with 2 curved drawers–PERFECT for my laptop–am working on it with Old White…will send you a picture when finished….Thanks again for the information–and for all you do to keep us rookies motivated!

    • perfectlyimperfect June 3, 2011 at 9:32 am #

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope it’s helpful! And send those pics on!!

  6. Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis June 3, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I’m so glad you did this post. I have been painting furniture for years now and have been wondering about this product!

  7. Brandi Ginn June 3, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Thanks for all your effort in answering our questions!

    I still wondered about high traffic table tops….would you put poly on top of the wax?

    I know that when working with some poly’s the dry time between shouldn’t be too long or you’d have to lightly sand again. So if you only do multiple coats of wax (no poly) how long do you wait in between coats before applying another coat?

    And what if in a couple years my table has been abused more than I would like…how do you re-do it? I’m imagining that if ANY piece of furniture is finished with wax trying to remove it before re-finishing is going to be a mess with all kinds of sticky, gummy, nastiness on my sander?

    Thanks so much!

  8. Sarah June 3, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you for your help! I have painted one piece now and have learned new things that I will try on my next piece. Can you tell me how you buff after your wax is completely dry? What are your finals steps after the wax has been applied? Thanks again!

  9. Jenn June 3, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Shaunna, thanks so much for the FAQ and videos!

    I’ve been wanting to take the plunge and try some chalk paint makeovers, and was concerned about the amount of coverage I’d get per can. Now, I think I’m going to have to try it! And as cheesy as it sounds, my maiden name was Sloane, so it made me excited to see a “famous” Sloan!

    Thank You!!

  10. Connie June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Is that a baby wipe that you use to wipe off the wax too or just a wet cloth? I’m at the waxing point of my first piece so I found your video just at the right time! Thank you!

  11. Kacey June 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    You’re the coolest! :)

  12. Christine June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a huge help! So many questions of mine have been answered by watching your videos. Thank you for taking the time to do it.

  13. Kim June 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Shaunna, I love this paint and I used Old White on two chests, the mantel, and our two built ins and still had paint left over. It does go a long way.

  14. Holly June 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    I have yet to purchase any Chalk paint but can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for the tutorials! You’ve helped me to make up my mind and am going to go order some right now. Plus, I just love your accent! I’m from Iowa-no cool accents here. Thanks again!

  15. abby June 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks for the video Shaunna! Oh by the way, it is good to know other Mama’s have to work around their kids’ sound effects too. I loved Grayson in this, too cute!!!

  16. Brandy June 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    As if you don’t have a million other things to do, you take the time to write a post all about the wonders of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint…thank you so much for giving us all this info. You are so gifted and I’m sure it pleases God quite a bit to see you sharing it with the world! In the picture above of the dresser with the pink tissue paper pom poms on top, is that really just 2 coats of old white/clear wax? It looks pink and if it is, what color combo did you use to come up with it? Again, thanks for sharing!

  17. ReFresh ReStyle June 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I love the chalk paint too! Thanks for the q & a’s!

  18. Kim June 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Grayson was so cute in the video! :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

  19. Paula Moore June 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks so much for the videos! I really enjoyed them! And what a cool cookie you are for just going w/ the flow w/ the phone ringing & kids about! I loved seeing that because sometimes I get too fussy when I’m distracted!

    What are your thoughts on just spot priming? I had a table the other week that had a very stubborn stain, but I worked it out when I put the dark wax on. But do you think I could have just “spot primed” the stain area and then just kept on going w/ my chalk paint or would you still see a difference in the primed & non-primed areas?

    And some thoughts…if you do leave your paint can open you can always add water to chalk paint to thin it back out. Also, I have used chalk paint in a sprayer. I just added a little water to get to the right velocity for my sprayer. It went on very nicely, but I think I will probably just use it for base coats to cover pieces quickly as I really like the hand-painted look that chalk paint gives!

    Thanks again!

  20. Lisa Rickert June 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Hi Shaunna,

    I have not had a chance to introduce myself before now, but I am the Distributor for Annie Sloan Products and I just wanted to point out a few things that may be helpful to your readers.

    1) All of my Stockist host hands-on workshops to teach Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax so I highly recommend them for those interested in learning more. You can find their contact info at

    2) I want to comment on the thickening of the Chalk Paint. Shaunna, you are correct in that the Chalk Paint is designed to thicken when exposed it to the air over a period of time becuase that allows us to create texture, especially when layering colors. If the paint thickens more then you want it to, just add a bit of water and mix it in well. The paint can also be thined all the way down to create a wash for wood or as a top coat.

    3) We actually recommend painting, applying clear wax, then sanding. You can absolutely sand before if you chose, but when you sand over freshly waxed paint it peals the paint back and gives a different look…less scratchy of a finish.

    4) Finally, it may be more helpful to have a rag dipped in clear wax to wipe the dark wax back to the desired color, instead of using a rag dampened with water. It allows a bit more control.

    Just a few more tips…and I hope everyone enjoys Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as we believe it is the BEST paint in the WORLD for furniture!

    Lisa Rickert

    • perfectlyimperfect June 4, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Thank you, Lisa!! How helpful to have you leave us some tips! I think I’m with you…BEST paint ever!! :-)

    • Wendy June 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      I want to say how much I’ve loved this product. It really is so fun and easy! The clear wax has been somewhat troublesome, it isn’t giving me the luster I’m looking for when I buff it. I was hoping to get some tips on buffing…all things buffing. :)

      Also, I’ve seen several readers ask about how far the paint goes. I have done a 6 drawer dresser that is 5 1/2 feet long and about 38-40″ tall with less than 1/3 can of Aubusson using 2 coats. I poured about 4 oz of paint into a dixie cup and mixed with about 2 oz of tap water to thin it slightly, it was very thick when I got it home from Jackson, MS. That cup gave me 2 coats of paint for the dresser, this was not a distressed piece and I was happy with the solid color. (This piece was difficult to wax and buff to a nice finish though.) That was my first piece I painted with AS chalk paint and I’ve diluted the paint for each one since. I have yet to get below half a can of paint after painting 7 pieces using the Aubusson, Paris Grey, and Old White. When you break down the cost per item painted, it is actually a savings.

      So, I’ve been mixing the paints happily and loving the colors I’ve created! My favorites are the Paris Grey and Old White together on a wicker chair and side table. I love this paint on wicker!

      Thank you Annie! Please come back to our area soon!

    • Linda Salte March 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      I just discovered Anne Sloan Chalk painting!!! I can’t wait to get started with my first project. In the Inspiration Gallery I found a gorgeous kitchen you did in Paris Grey. Where can I learn how to duplicate that outcome? I am in a town that does not have classes available.

      Thank you!


  21. Carolyn June 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    I ordered my chalk paint the other day and while I was at it, I ordered a quart of the Faux Effects Dead Flat Varnish. I’m glad I did because after talking to the rep at Southern Institute of Faux Finishing, if you are doing a piece that’s going to receive a lot of traffic; i.e., cups of coffee, kids, etc., this is what you want to use instead of the clear wax. When it dries, it maintains the “chalky” look of the paint without leaving that “glossy” look that varnish does. She said not to use both the wax and the dead flat varnish, but to use the varnish for pieces that are going to get a lot of use like a coffee or end table.

    I’m really glad I got that piece of advice since I am turning a set of drawers into a bookcase that will sit at the back of my sofa, and I have 4 kids who were born to leave their water glasses everywhere!

  22. martha garrett June 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Thank you so much Shaunna for the videos, I love the paint, and I learned a lot from the videos, again thank you


  23. June 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I am so greatful for this! Especially the wax. I am not comfortable with that part yet. I have done a ton in Chalk Paint and am hard pressed to go back. Paris Grey is fabulous! Keep the tips coming.

  24. Gloria June 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Thanks for the videos, especially on the waxing. This helps so much! I have to share this with everyone.

  25. Rhonda June 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I, too, love chalk paint and your tutorials are fab! I have to say that the dark wax has been scary for me but I am going to try it again but the way that you described. And baby wipes are on my shopping list! Thanks so much! I do have your ebook and love that, as well. You rock!

  26. cindy June 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    my first order is on its way to me right now. my one worry is that i will love it so much that i will never want to paint with any other paint again and i will break the bank paying for it. AND i have about 20 cans and sample sizes of oops paint that i really need to use up.

    i do have a question that i’m not sure that you can answer. can you mix latex paint with the chalk paint to get different colors?

    thanks for the great info…..


    • Judy February 28, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      Cindy, I am not sure about A/S chalk paint , but I know that Websters Chalk Paint powder, can be mixed with any latex paint and turns out great.

  27. Mimi June 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Shaunna, I adore you! These videos were so helpful! It was like talking to a friend. I just bought a quart of chalk paint following your link to paint my coffee table. You gave me some great info, I can’t wait to try it! I am gonna use minwax paste wax for the finish since I have a can of that. Thanks again seriously, loved how Grayson was in the background so cute!

  28. Tracy June 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Thank you so much for this!! I may just have to bite the bullet & order some….. I talked with a stockist today – that’s a start ;-) For some reason, the videos are all green and garbled for me, so I missed out on that fabulousness :-(
    There were some great questions in the comments, maybe you could do a part 2??
    Again ~ thanks for sharing what you’ve learned with us!! You’re awesome

  29. Karen Needham June 4, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Shaunna I would love to watch the videos but when I hit play the pictures go all green and distorted :( Not sure if anyone else has had this problem?

    xx Karen

  30. Miss Mustard Seed June 4, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    You are just so stinkin’ cute!!! Great videos, Shaunna.

  31. Freckled Laundry June 4, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I’m with Marian. You are too adorable. I’m gonna talk like you in my video. hehe
    Great tutorials, sweetie.

  32. Theresa June 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Shauna!
    Thanks for the video on waxing. I am used to using the minwax product and had a bit of difficulty with the soft wax. I thought I should buff it and made it look streaked. This really helps! Do you buff your furniture at all?
    Also, I had a little trouble with a very long top of a dresser, it had too many paint lines, but the paint had been used a lot and probably was getting thicker.
    Thanks bunches!

  33. Dorothy June 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Thank you so much, Shaunna. I ordered some of the chalk paint a while back and I’ve been admiring it but a little leery of doing something wrong, even after reading through the Annie Sloan book. I loved hearing you give advice in person; it’s very reassuring. You’re so unflappable, and I think by the end, I might have been developing a little drawl instead of the Minnesota accent. :-)

  34. Cyndi June 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time to do the tutorials. I have your e-book and love it. Lots of great tips. You have the cutest southern accent!

  35. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek June 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Would you use it on woodwork? (100 year old oak trim) I’m really curious about it now! I have a couple of pieces I want to paint and I think I’m going to try it!

  36. laurie June 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Ok. I’m going to do it. I AM going to order some of that awesome paint and try it out. I have to! I’ve been hearing so much about it and how easy it is to use and how beautiful it distresses….. :) I haven’t had a chance to watch your videos yet, Shaunna, but when I have some quiet time, I’m going to soak them both up! lol! Thank you for taking the time to make them and share them with us. You’re awesome!

    Question for ya: Can you mix the chalk paint with regular paint and get the same effect?

    xoxo laurie

  37. Centsational Girl June 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    I LOVE this post! I have received so many emails on this paint, and I am just going to send them all to YOU! Loved the videos, I could just listen to your sweet voice all day! You keep it real darlin, and I love how you’re just straight up in your everyday clothes with your kids running around, so fantastic. I am blessed to have you as my very knowledgeable friend! Sending a little traffic your way tomorrow.

  38. Simone June 5, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Hey there, thanks for this great post. I love chalk paint, but haven’t yet tried a project myself. It is on the list though. I’m a new follower. Cheers

  39. Alaina June 5, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    I am on my second can of old white chalk paint and I do like it, however I ran into a problem with the second can of paint. I have small bubbles when I paint. They do not dry in bubble but rather they burst and leave a small indentation in the paint. I really do not like the look and I was wondering if there is something I can do or should I contact Patty and see if I can get a replacement. Please let me know if you can.

  40. Karena June 5, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Shaunna this is just perfect. I have heard so many great things about Anne Sloane paint. The Q & A an tutorials are terrific.

    Be sure to enter my awesome $250 Giveaway from Tracy Porter!!

    Art by Karena

  41. Screaming Meme June 5, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I loved these videos…:) Thank you so much for taking the time to do it…I loved hearing the kids, TV and telephone in the background…It reminded me when my kids were small…:) Bitter sweet…And I didn’t think the giggling and jokes were a bad thing…It made the videos more enjoyable…Your a doll…

    Xo, Meme

  42. Wendy June 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    Thank you!!!! I so appreciate this post and videos. I have a request, would you cover buffing? That’s been the trouble spot with the Hannant’s/Annie Sloan clear wax for me. Thanks again!

  43. Susan Belton June 6, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    I love your tutorials, they are extremely helpful. I am wanting to paint our old dresser but it has a laminate top, will the chalk paint handle this ok? Is there anything special you would recommend to do to the top. Thanks for your help.

  44. Collette Douglas June 6, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Oh girl! I feel like you could be my sister from another mister. You are such a refreshing change of pace in the blogosphere and at just the right time! I love your professional information and quality video cloaked in a coat of “real life!” You are amazeballs. Chalk paint is the shizz. Keep it coming!

    • perfectlyimperfect June 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      I LOVE. that you called me your “sister from another mister.” Where have you been all my life? LOL :-)

  45. Suzanne June 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks so much for the amazing info and videos! I am praying that I didn’t ruin my pieces! I am having problems with my waxed pieces in that it is easy to scratch through the rustic wax down to the chalk paint….I’m guessing that I used too much wax???? If that is the case, is there any remedy?

  46. Ashley Armstrong June 7, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Just curious if I’m missing something…..I don’t see the videos:-( I am at work and am wondering if they are blocked…I can see everything except the videos.

  47. Leslie June 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    I’m really curious about painting leather with chalk paint. What did you paint? Do you think it will crack?please tell more. :)

  48. Katie (Cayenne Paper) June 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    You are adorable and I’m glad I found your blog b/c it’s amazing. I am about to buy some chalk paint right now from Patty in NJ. I’m gonna start with Old White first. One question– I have some leftover and “oops” paints (latex) and wondered if I could mix it with chalk paint to add a little color to the Old White. Or should I avoid that completely?? :) Katie

  49. Paula June 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I was wondering if chalk paint is the same thing as blackboard paint? Unfortuntately I cannot get chalk paint in NZ but hoping it is the same thing as chalkboard or blackboard paint? Many thanks
    PS: awesome website!

    • perfectlyimperfect June 14, 2011 at 7:06 am #

      Hey Paula, Unfortunately, it’s not the same…I’m sorry! I’ll check with my stockist to be sure there are no more that could get you some. Thanks for the kind comment!

    • Fadjar February 11, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      It’s geogorus! I love it! I am so curious as to where you get your blue tinted mason jars, so cute!?

  50. Repurposed and Refined June 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Chalk paint where have you been all my life!!! Shauna, your information is fabulous. Thank you for being a true southern belle,you make us proud. I have been using the chalk paint for about 3 months and I love it. It is so refreshing meeting women who are lifting up and celebrating one another. Keep up the fabulous work.

  51. Janis @ Home Style June 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Shaunna,

    Wow I just found your beautiful blog (via Home Stories A 2 Z) and am sooooo glad I did!! Your furniture projects are lovely……..and this post on Chalk Paint FAQ’s is fantastic. I am actually in the process of becoming a Canadian Stockist (retailer) of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint and would love to post a link to this post on my blog. I know a lot of people are scared to try new techniques and products but your tutorial really makes it simple and doable.

    Off to devour your other posts.

    Take Care

  52. Christi P June 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    So helpful! And I even found a store here in Houston that is only 10 minutes away so I am going to get my supplies tomorrow. Can you discuss buffing? That wasn’t mentioned in the videos.

  53. Giovanna June 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Thanks so much for your post. I have recently painted a bed with latex and I am not 100% happy with the results. I am very interested in trying this. I am curious about curing times for the chalk paint. Latex takes so long! Please let me know. After two coats, how soon can you put the wax on? And, is the piece useable right away?

  54. Kim Shiff June 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I am in the middle of my first project with the chalk paint. I “stumbled” upon your blog earlier this week, and that’s how I heard about the product in the first place :). I absolutely love your pieces, your writing, and your videos – you are adorable, knowledgeable and real! Thanks so much for sharing all of this, and I’ll let you know how my little accent table turns out.

  55. Camille Fargo July 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I am so happy to see your tutorials. I have been finishing “rescued” furniture forever. I learned about chalk paint while visiting Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. Since then I have hemmed, hawed, wished I had a retailer close by (so that I could see the colors closer and not just on the computer screen), hemmed a bit more and bought five or so different colors of the chalk paint, a can of soft wax, and the awesome wax brush. I spent a bit more than I had hoped, but I am still excited to get moving. My problem now, which may not sound like much of a problem is what to paint first!! I have an old hutch that I have been holding on to for years. It was my great grandfathers building in the “North End” of Boston. I stripped it a few months back because it was “clumpy-looking” after so many different coats of paint. I can’t wait to get it ready for paint (I have a few wood holes to fill). I am feeling a bit more confident now that I saw your tutorials. Thank you so much.

    :) Camille

  56. Nick July 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Yes you can spray Annie Sloan Chalk paint – works like a charm!

  57. Barbara July 29, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    I purchased the Annie Sloan waxes. Should I have gotten the others you mentioned instead?
    I’m painting my first piece today – a sideboard. I’m using old ocher underneath and a light coat of versailles on top. I’m so excited/nervous!! I only have one of the good wax brushes, so will use it for the clear wax. I have an old small stencil brush that I’m going to use for the dark wax. Is that a good choice? Thanks so very much for your tutorial. I wouldn’t even have tried this project without it!

  58. Barbara Hagy July 29, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Your website has helped me tremendously. Thank you for your expanation and tips. I’m getting ready to buy my first can of chalk apint (Annie Sloan). Can’t wait to try it.

  59. Shan@FamilyBringsJoy August 11, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I’m IN LOVE with this paint! I used only one coat of my olive chalk paint on an antique desk of my grandparents and it looks beautiful! {I think they would be thrilled to see me give it new life after all these years.} I haven’t even waxed it yet, which is why I watched your videos. Can’t wait to see how it looks after I wax it! I won’t ever use another kind of paint to paint furniture. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips, information and video! It was fun to hear your southern accent and see how you dealt with your cute boy during the shooting of the video. I’m a follower now for sure of your blog. :) Have a super day!

  60. heidi@TheCraftMonkeyBlog August 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Hi Shaunna! I’m finishing some pieces that I painted with the chalk paint and your FAQs were SOOO helpful! Thank you!

  61. Starr August 13, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Last night, my husband and I were talking about painting, and out of the blue, I thought of reading about chalk paint…and then I thought, What the heck is chalk paint, anyway?

    Thanks for all the information! We’ll be using it shortly.

  62. Sue August 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I just bought the cutest bedside tables-exactly like your little blue one. Unfortunately is has old paint that is glossy and hard (might be lead). They are also chipped. Do I have to strip them? I am good with a sander can I get away with sanding the heck out of them then applying milk paint? thanks

  63. charlotte wilson August 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Shaunna,

    I loved watching your videos. You really explain everything so well. I just went to the site you recommended and ordered my supplies…even bought 2 of those wax brushes…ouch! $35 a piece. But i know it is important to use good tools.

    Thanks for your advice!

  64. Janelle August 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    I’ve been stalking all the Annie Sloan projects in blogland for a while.. you’re FAQ’s are exactly what I needed to give me the confidence to try to do some experimenting myself! THANKS!!!

  65. Meghan September 29, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    What is the color that was used on the top of the piece of furniture in your videos on caulk paint and waxing? I love the way that looks

    • perfectlyimperfect September 29, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      The darker blue is called Aubusson Blue…a really beautiful peacock/teal color. :-)

      • Meghan September 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

        How about the brown color on top of the buffet? I love your videos and your site. lots of neat ideas!

        • perfectlyimperfect October 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

          It was an ebony stain wiped in immediately….think it was Minwax Ebony. Good luck! :-)

  66. Morgan October 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    First, I LOVE your blog. Your videos were very helpful and cute. Looks like my house… It is like being on the phone, kiddos don’t care do they! LOL.

    I have been glaring at my furniture and threatening to paint it all for some time now. I had no idea there was a product that existed that didn’t (mostly) require prep work. I just finished sanding a laminate table and put on some all-purpose primer. It wouldn’t stick! It pulled away looking like a spider web. grrr.

    My question is, will ASCP work on these types of surfaces? I have lots of laminate that I would love to paint.


  67. Chalk Paint Ideas Lady October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Thank you for addressing bleed-through! I had trouble with this on one of my pullout trays on the desk I chalk painted. After applying some clear wax first, then painting over, I had no more problems!!!

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  69. kim@too much time October 19, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks so much for all the tips Shaunna! I featured you in my post about my first chalk paint experience.

    Kim @ Too Much Time

  70. Mart October 25, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I really get a kick out of your videos, I love that life is just going on around you like a normal day when we try to really get into a project…the phone, and the kids!! Hilarious! Thanks so much for putting these together, I am a new empty nester (that’s probably why I like the videos!) and am getting back into fun projects!!

  71. Amy October 27, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Hi! Quick question. We have a homemade ice cream store, and want to paint the fronts of our dipping freezers with chalkboard paint. These are stainless steel fronts that are currently painted white. Will the paint adhere, and what kind of treatment do we need to do before using it? Can we actually write on it once it has dried? Thanks!

  72. Valerie Reid October 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

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  74. sheri king November 15, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Hi there, I’m new to chalk paint and appreciate your tutorials. Can’t wait to start my first project. One question I haven’t seen asked is how to prep the finish prior to applying the chalk paint? You make reference to the fact that it adheres to any surface but, are you prepping the surface in anyway? Do I proceed as if I’m using latex paint? Or, just start painting?

    Thanks so much for you time….LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stuff!!!

    • sheri king November 15, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      Hi again…Kept looking for an answer after my first post and found this on an Annie Sloan site…thought it might help everyone here…

      Reasons Why it’s Good!

      Chalk Paint is a very special paint for very many reasons

      1. It’s the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way
      2. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain
      3. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken
      4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
      5. No need to prime or prepare
      6. The colours are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colours for your use
      7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
      8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change your mind
      9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls
      10. Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment

      Later, Sheri

    • perfectlyimperfect November 15, 2011 at 10:02 am #

      Hey Sheri! You don’t have to sand or prep in any way! That’s the beauty of it!! Just start painting,my dear! :-)

  75. Jennifer November 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I am loving this chalk paint! And love all tips. I have seen this question asked, but no answer..and I can’t find it anywhere in the internet world..I have pre white and want to tint it slightly..I have TONS of latex paint left over from our home remodel..Can I use a little to tint the Annie Sloan paint? Wondering if even a small amount will harm the effect. Anyone have experience trying? I may try on a mirror or something small…

    • perfectlyimperfect November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

      Hey Jennifer! Really, adding any latex to chalk paint will compromise the paint…I wouldn’t do it, probably. If so, just know it might mess around with durability, etc. Let us know if you try! ;-)

  76. janae January 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I was so excited to buy and paint a piece of furniture with chalk paint. However it keeps cracking in random places. At first I thought it was because I didn’t wait long enough before applying second coat. Then I resanded and started over with one coat and it did it again. Any thoughts?

  77. Jill Wilhelm January 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Hi! I just love your blog and your videos were awesome!! The only other question is….I am getting ready to paint kitchen cabinets and I want to make sure the white doesn’t yellow over time. Will Annie Sloan Clear wax yellow at all?? And also, if I don’t want them distressed, do I sand the paint just a little to make it smooth or not sand at all. If I don’t sand does the wax make the finish smooth? Ok so that was 3 questions I guess. I just want them to be awesome :-)

    Thanks! Jill @

    • perfectlyimperfect January 14, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Hey Jill! Great questions…if it’s okay with you, I think I’ll write a post to answer them for ya and everyone!! It’ll be up next week…let me know if you need some info before then! :-)

  78. Jennifer Davenport January 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I have never used chalk paint, but your tutorial and furniture examples are fascinating. Thank you for sharing, I have got to get on the band wagon!

  79. Nicole February 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I painted a dining room table in Annie Sloan graphite. The rep told me to darken the paint I should apply dark wax and follow up with clear wax. I ended up with a finish that looks like mud whipped across the table. I understand after Internet research I should have done clear first. I guess I got some bad advice. Can I paint over this mess and start over? Do I need to let the original paint and wax cure first? The current finish is very shiny. I used a lot of wax trying to get a dark finish. Do I need to sand a little first? Any advice would be appreciated as I have wasted a lot of product and time. Thanks

    • perfectlyimperfect February 13, 2012 at 8:05 am #

      Hey Nicole! Sure…just paint right over it…chalk paint will paint/adhere over wax, too. If your wax is still really tacky, you could give it a couple of days first. Next time, you can either apply a coat of clear and let it dry or apply clear, and immediately begin applying dark, wiping off as you go. Sometimes it helps me to have a damp cloth to have a little more control of how much dark wax stays/goes. Hope that helps!! :-)

  80. Julie February 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    I LOVE you! After trying to watch about 15 BRUTALLY boring youtube videos, I found you and I think you should continue to make these videos. I wish we were friends! Thanks again, Julie

  81. Melinda February 19, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    I can’t remember the trail that lead me here, but let me just say I think it was destiny. I love your blog style and I LOVE your videos. You speak my language (southern). LOL I followed this post over to YouTube where I have watched every one of your videos. I have been wanting to use chalk paint but didn’t know where to start or if it would make a difference. You have convinced me that it will. Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiring this girl. Have a blessed day and keep rockin it out on YouTube.

  82. Hannah February 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I am looking into painting a wall and I was wondering what is the best protectant to use?

    • perfectlyimperfect February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Hey Hannah! Do you mean with chalk paint? I’ve never done walls–I can talk with my stockist, though. :-)

  83. Amanda March 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Shaunna,
    I just watched your video’s and they were both so helpful, thank you so much for the of tips!! I do have one question though, can the chalk paint be used on the white Fiberboard or Particleboard? I am looking to buy a desk and also a few crafting cubes from Michael’s craft store for my craft room. But the problem is, they are made out of particle board and I love antique and very distressed furniture. So I am hoping I can buy the particleboard or I call ” fake wood ” lol to save money and make it look distressed with the chalk paint. Is this possible and durable on this kind of material? Thank you in advance!

    • perfectlyimperfect March 15, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      Hey Amanda! It totally can! You should probably do one coat, then distress a little to see if it will distress the way you’d like for it to. If not, I would try one coat of CoCo or Graphite underneath whatever top color you’re looking for…that would give the illusion of faux wood. Hope that helps! :-)

  84. Trish- The Purple Painted Lady March 18, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Hi Shauna
    I am an honored to be an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist in Upstate New York and have a cute shop and on-line store for selling the paint. ( I love your blog. I hope you do not mind- but I believe you made an error in a post above- which I copied in below. The coverage of a quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as noted on the quart is 150 sq. ft. However- as you pointed out- the quantity of furniture that can be painted from that one quart is quite outstanding. Thank you again.
    The Purple Painted Lady
    New York Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist and Instructor

    How much can one can cover…is it worth the expense?

    –The quart size cans cover around 40 square feet….and let me tell you, it lasts. And lasts. For instance, with my one can of Old White, I’ve painted: two large signs, trim on the french dresser, a farmhouse dining table-2 coats, a large waterfall buffet-2 coats, a mirror, some small frames…and I can’t even remember what else. I’ve just now gotten to under half a can. And with saving the cost of primer, lots of sanding supplies, and using less sanding blocks to distress, the cost is completely worth it for me. It will be different for everyone, but the quality is incredible, the look is so beautiful, and it does go such a long way.

    • perfectlyimperfect March 18, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Thank you for the correction, Tricia! I’ll fix that in a sec! :-)

  85. Ellen March 19, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I love your video – it “speaks” to me b/c I am a southern mother too! I love A.S. chalkpaint, but still haven’t gotten the hang of the waxing. Question: when I go to apply the dark wax over the clear, it just seems to stick and “ball” up or roll off. It doesn’t go on smoothly. I put it on w/ the fat brush they sold me, then I try to smooth it with a t-shirt, and it ends up looking alright, but pretty muddy and distressed. How do I make the dark wax go on smoother? Is it supposed to do that?

  86. Chris March 28, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    I loved your site, though I hope you would post a comment on mine, but you wrote everything in detail eventhough it dosent affect you in any way! You are admireable! I’m quite sure you spent lots of time researching and learning. I admire you.
    P.S I’m quite random too:)

  87. Tania March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Thanks for the helpful info. about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. I am about to paint an antique mirror I just bought and love the duck egg blue, but can you tell me is this a bluish-green or a greenish blue. I will have to order the paint as there are no local retailers that carry it, and I just don’t want to order the wrong color. I have a lot of slate/porcelain blues in my room, and am hoping that the duck egg blue would coordinate well. Any help you can offer would be great. Thanks.

    • perfectlyimperfect March 29, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Hey Tania! It definitely has a lot of green in it, but I think it would look lovely paired with any shade of blue. If you wanted a little more blue to it, you could mix it with equal parts Provence–a lovely color!! :-)

  88. חדרי ילדים March 29, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Amazing!! Colors have such an effect… though I must say that there is something very romantic in the look of the furniture before it was repainted :)

  89. Katie March 29, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Just wanted to say YOU ROCK!! This video gave my all that I needed. Got my ASCP, clear wax, and dark wax ready!…(and baby wipes!). Thx so much for the great info. U r very talented and I completely love ur blog.

  90. Redposie April 10, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I run a resale furniture store so I have used this paint product and even though it may cost a little more them what I like to spend it increases my sells, my customer buy more of the painted furniture when I use it.

  91. Brenda April 16, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Have you tried Caromal Colours? I find them equally easy to work with, even more durable – and using their Reclaim line eliminates the waxing part — just curious …

  92. Michelle April 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I want to refinish some wood chairs but I don’t want to paint them. Can I use the clear wax with the dark wax over it directly on the wood for a vintage look? Do I need to sand old varnish off first?

  93. Aubrey April 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    As a new DIY-er, I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed traveling through your blog and all it’s incredible information! You have such an amazing eye for what’s beautiful and interesting. I have been following for a few weeks now, (having found you on Pinterest, it’s hard to be doing anything else!) and have purchased your e book and learned quite a bit from the wonderful video tutorials. I’d just like to say, thanks so much for putting in the time, the videos are the most helpful! I’m more of a visual learner! I am currently working on my very first piece, a maple dresser picked up from my favorite thrift store. My husband, skeptical at first, has yet to let me use the power sander, so it seems he’s on the path to greatness as well. I never thought he’d be interested, but it has turned into something we can do together. I am a photographer by trade and have found myself looknig for a completely different creative outlet to get the juices flowing, you are it!

    Thanks again, keep the ideas coming…something quick and easy next , (trying not to get discouraged…you make it look SOOO easy)
    Aubrey ~ Satellite Beach, Fl

  94. Laurie May 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi Shauna,

    Your tutorial was great and also watched the Miss Mustard Seed on waxing but still have a few questions. I’m about to paint my first dining room table for a client with Annie Sloan paint with clear wax finish. I have not done a large piece like this and have not been able to find any information on how it withstands to daily use. Does the wax wipe well? How do you clean it? Would a different topcot be better for a table that will get a lot of daily use?

  95. Tammy Keener May 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi, I love all the waxing tips but what I dont understand is the buffing part, How is that done? Thanks so much ! Tammy

  96. Jin C May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi Shauna,

    I’ve been working on my first project with chalk paint& I love it! I’m wondering if you’ve ever used it on lacquer furniture? I have on ugly beige lacquer dresser I would love to paint next, but I’m not sure if I should try it! What do you think? Also, how do I buy chalk paint from you?

    • perfectlyimperfect May 9, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Jin! Great! I have used it with lacquered furniture–it’s worked great for me. 2 coats of paint, 2 coats of clear wax…and use dark (after clear) if that’s the look you’re going for. If you see it’s not adhering because of (high) lacquer, you can always wipe it down or VERY lightly buff it with sandpaper to create a little friction. P.S. I’ve not had to prep one of the 50 + pieces I’ve painted with it yet. My online store isn’t up and running yet, but I can take an order from you via email. You can also visit to see if there’s a retailer in your area.

      Thanks so much for your interest & have fun with it! :-)

  97. Melissa May 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting this! I have refinished quite a few pieces, but have never played with the chalk paint…I have a GREAT hand-painted buffet that i plan on tackling this weekend and will be on the hunt this week for some chalk paint!

    I live in South Florida and find painted wood furniture swells quite a bit with the humidity, and certain paints make doors and drawers stick more than others…
    So, my two quick question: Have you had any issues with the chalk paint causing doors to stick more or less than other paints? And you have any good tricks to prevent doors/drawers (any two painted surfaces) from sticking? I’ve used everything from candle, soaps, to sealing waxes and haven’t found anything to rave about..

    Thanks in advance! So happy I found your blog! <3 it!!


  98. Jennifer Taylor May 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    So informative. I just mixed my first batch of chalk paint today (YIKES!!) NO CLUE of what I’m doing. This has helped me so much. Confused about the wax. Heading to MMS.Com…and I’m cracking up laughing at your ability to hold it together doing the video with “Grayson”‘ in the background. You go Mommy~! Good job!! Bless your heart!!
    Love your blog.

    Jennifer Taylor

  99. Lisa E June 11, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I did my first piece with Old White and I have to say, although I absolutely loved how you didn’t have to prep, I found it hard to work with. Because it’s so thick, it’s real easy to over brush. Of course the first coat wasn’t enough and after the second coat, it’s still doesn’t have full coverage. I didn’t want to distress this piece and I’m thinking maybe I should so then the flaws would be celebrated instead of looking like it needs more paint. I watered down a tiny bit to try and touch up, but it wasn’t enough. I went ahead and waxed it with clear wax and still am not satisfied. So now I’m at a quandry how I want to proceed. Kind of frustrated/disappointed.

  100. Jayne June 16, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    just watched your waxing tutorial, fabulous! I see that you distress before you apply clear wax. I am going to try that, on my first (very small) piece I used the AS chalk paint (love) and followed what she advises, to paint then apply wax then sand/distress. Maybe I didn’t let the wax dry long enough but my sand paper got gummed up pretty quickly. Well off to poke around your blog some more and then to the garage to apply what I learn. Thanks for your wonderful blog!!

  101. Dondra August 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I have just finished painting an upcycled piece from a local auction, and after painting the hardware and sanding a bit I’m wondering how to seal it? Do you think wax or spray? Ugh so many decisions!! Loving your blog!!

    • perfectlyimperfect August 4, 2012 at 7:24 am #

      Hmmm, depends on the piece. Did you use Chalk Paint or latex? :-)

  102. Gina August 6, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Hi Shauna,
    I’m so glad I found your tutorial. I bought an old french provencial dining set and I wanted to try the chalk paint on it, but wasn’t sure where to start. Grayson makes me giggle. Will be back to read a bit more once my paint arrives.
    Thanks so much,

  103. Lauren August 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Just watched your videos – you are ADORABLE! And I’m off to start my first chalk paint and wax project! Wish me luck!


  104. Penelope Melas-lee August 10, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Thanks so much. Loved the laid backness. Very non intimidating.

  105. Marta August 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I am so excited to get some chalk paint and try my hand at it!! Great tutorial !!!

  106. ann September 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this , I thinks I am the last person in the world that has not tried chalk pain t, I want to but always had lots of questions , You have answered all of them, now I will have to find the paint and start my first project. Thanks again.

  107. Beja {Howdy-Honey} September 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    You had the answer I needed!!!!!!! I totally had a stubborn piece due to some water damage, and I went back to my stockist, and she said I wasn’t getting the wax into the paint. Now I know I need to do a 3rd quote of Duck Egg. HOORAY!!! Thanks for sharing! You saved me!

  108. Susan September 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I would really like to paint my 90s oak trim. I’ve been experimenting with the pure white and old white. The paint looks so flat on the trim. Is there anything I can do to give it more of a sheen?

  109. חדרי ילדים ונוער September 16, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    great designs! loved all of them, thx 4 sharing !

  110. Amie September 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi – I wish I would have watched your videos BEFORE I started my project. I am painting my sons dresser with Aubusson Blue. I wanted to have some white show through though so I first did a coat of White, then Blue. I let it sit overnight then the next day applied clear wax. I used a wax brush and did a good job of really pressing it in. Only problem is I didn’t wipe it off right away, I thought I was supposed to wait for it to cure for a bit before buffing… Now it’s been a few days and the futniture is still tacky in spots. What should I do now? Should I sand/distress it then apply another layer of wax (buffing along the way)? I keep reading about buffing more after wiping, is there a period of time in between?

    Please advise!!!


  111. Connie Garey, Baltimore, md September 26, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    the pink dresser, you typed you used 2 coats of old white, does chalk paint come in pink if so what color is that?

  112. Lorri September 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m curious about chalk paint and want to paint some wire baskets for displays. I want to be able to invert the basket on a stand and wrap silk scarves on it. Would the chalk paint bleed onto the silk? If I waxed would the wax affect the silk? Could/should I seal with something else but what would that be so it’s not sticky but allows the silk to move smoothly over it? Or is this a bad idea?

  113. Tara September 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I my kitchen table has white tile on top with a 2 inch boarder of wood around the outer side of the table. Will the chalk paint work on tile?

  114. Janine October 31, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Can a glaze be used over chalk paint??

  115. phyllis ahlman December 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I have had some problems with blistering of the chalk paint…..initially I did not sand, and then some blistered and peeled, so I sanded down and repainted – spots did it again…!

  116. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke January 4, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Head slightly spinning….I’m very particular about color and hoping to mix my own chalk paint. Do you have experience with this?

  117. Lydia January 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    I bought a Buffet that I’m planning to paint…and want to use chalk paint (first time) I heard it goes really far, Would the 4oz can be enough?

  118. tammy January 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Hey there! So I have a bedroom set that I painted white and I don’t like the way it looks…would I be able to use chalk paint over an already painted set? or do I need to strip it first?

    • perfectlyimperfect January 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      You sure would, Tammy! You can paint right over the existing finish…even if it’s sealed! :-)

  119. ali January 27, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I recently purchases Antoinette Chalk Paint from you store….I refinished a vintage antique high chair for my daughter. I haven’t sealed it with a wax yet because I was unsure if it was safe for her to sit on or come into contact with her skin. Would you recommmend sealing it with a wax or could it be harmful to her…and will the chalk paint last without being sealed with wax?
    Thank you so much!

  120. Gigi March 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I just read your blog today and it is a wonderful source of information. I purchased a used, cheap tv cabinet (not an armoire) finished in that horrid orange-y varnish. My local stockist provided me with Coco and Greek blue and off I went to bring this rather plain item into sync with my French country living room. How much ASCP paint covers depends on the item you are refurbishing. It took two coats of paint to cover my cabinet, but that’s ok. I love the Coco color on the outside and the blue on the inside of the shelf and inside of the cabinet. I added some French-style wood appliques to the cabinet and the doors. Now I will finish with polycrylic; it is the most practical for this grandma.

  121. Alexis April 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Love your blog!
    just watched your video on waxing chalk painted furniture. I made my own chalk paint with plaster of paris and I love the finished result. I painted my bedroom furniture a creamy white with this and am now just deciding how to finish it. I purchased the Minwax finishing paste and was going to apply that then I found this blog and am really liking the use of the dark wax mixed with the clear that you showed. I read Minwax makes a dark version of thier finishing paste too. So if I end up using this product, can I use the clear and dark versions together like you used the softer waxes in your tutorial video? I know you said Minwax was a harder wax so not sure if it would be the same application and use? Have you tried this? Thanks!

  122. Amy F April 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    I am definitely doing something wrong! I picked up 2 cans of ASCP at your store during our last trip to Troy University. I’ve painted one wardrobe and I have about a 1/3 of a can left. I haven’t painted the inside yet. I also have horrible brush strokes all through the finish. I did paint two coats which just made the brush strokes worse. I guess I need to come take one of your classes! (twist my arm – LOL)

    • perfectlyimperfect April 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Hey Amy, I hate to hear that! Tell me more about the piece…and which color did you use? Some of the whites have less pigment and they have more body to them. We’ll get you set! :-)

  123. Cheryl Franta June 3, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Hi, I just heard about chalk paint today for the very first time & got excited because I think it’s what I’ge been wanting for years – without knowing what it was called. Do you think I could use it on a knotty pine wall? Please, please tell me “YES”. Thank you.

  124. Samantha July 7, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Everyone:

    I have a few quick questions regarding sanding. I understand that we have to sand a lot after it is painted with chalk paint in order to distress the furniture, but do we have to sand an old antique-looking dresser beforehand? I know when furniture is refinished sanding is a necessity, as my piece of furniture has a varnish-like finish on it now that has lead to there being a none-wood-like finish, do I need to sand it prior to painting it with chalk paint? Or can I use a crackle or something on it prior or after using the chalk paint? I am clearly an amateur with all of this.

    Please help,

    • perfectlyimperfect July 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      Hey Samantha! I honestly haven’t had to sand any pieces ahead of time. It should cover in 2 coats…but if you have to rough the surface some, you can use a medium grade sanding block. :-)

  125. Samantha July 12, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Shaunna:

    Thank you! That’s a relief! Sanding is extremely time consuming!

    I appreciate your help.


  126. Jen July 20, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Can I just say, that I just love your accent? (Canadian girl here…)

    Also – thank you for your videos! I’m going to go paint my first ASCP piece right now…literally…here’s hoping it works!

  127. Jan August 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I am trying to get an antique look on our new coffered ceiling. It’s almost 300 square feet. Is this product something that would work, or is it too labor intensive. The ceiling is beadboard and the other antiquing techniques we’ve tried have failed miserable. I LOVE the results of this paint on furniture so I’m wondering if it would work on a beadboard ceiling. Thoughts?

  128. Kellie August 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi! I am trying to refinish a jenny lind crib with chalk paint, and it keeps getting clumpy in the spindles. Also, I know this paint is known for brush strokes, but the ones im making are not really natural looking, just sort of gummy, you know? Any advice?

  129. River Oak Cabinetry September 13, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Great post. Chalk paint definitely gives off a unique finish and the pieces you have above look great.

  130. Jamie October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Quick question! Just bought an amazing buffet off of craigslist that some guy primed (kilz oil based) then decided to not finish! His loss if my gain:) but I’m wondering if I can still use AS chalk paint over the primer. Since one is oil based and one is water based…. Any help or advise? Thanks!!!!

  131. Anne November 17, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I just remodeled my ENTIRE kitchen using chalk paint! Our cabinets went from outdated, stained oak to a gorgeous antique white. You can check out the finished product and get some tips here:


  132. Dee February 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Well gave it a try today I am totally amazed! Chalk paint made it myself…It is fabulous. Did a sewing machine cabinet 60 70s version so veneer but it turned out beautiful!. Watch your brush strokes they are visible, but I used shoe polish on the top cause didn’t have dark wax worked very well..

  133. Barbara July 7, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I have a metal trimmed patio table. It is chipped and looks terrible. Will Chalk Paint work on metal?

  134. Debbie August 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    can this chalk paint be used on painted surfaces?

  135. Alicia October 8, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    I am not getting the grey color I wanted by mixing Old Violet & Coco. The store said it would be a deep grey, but its way too blue for me.
    Could I mix a latex paint/tint in to create a grey color? Will it ruin the chalk paint to mix latex with chalk?
    Thanks for having this resource!

  136. Nicki November 2, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Oh my gosh I love you! Hahaha you are hilarious. I have recently started my own blog and I have learned so much from you. I will be referencing your blog quite a bit on mine. I hope that is ok. Thanks so much for all the great info. And girl your legs are amazing! hahahah!
    Thanx again :0)


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